Fresh perspectives from the USA! An inspiring study tour of Boston for the MBA Leadership & Human Resources

Thursday, 2017, May 11

The students from the MBA Leadership & Human Resources programme experienced an inspiring and exciting week at the University of Massachusetts Boston in April. They were treated to insights from renowned professors such as Dave Ulrich and Carol Kauffman, while also hearing from industry experts, gaining new perspectives to challenge preconceived notions.

Carol Kauffman from the Harvard Medical School began with an astute teaching unit on executive coaching and positive psychology. “Positive psychology is not about being nice” she argued, thus critiquing HR conjectures and establishing a repeating motif for the study tour. Dave Ulrich, in turn, emphasized the motto “HR is not about HR” in his teaching unit, by advocating an outward focus for HR.

In addition to academic reflection, students had the opportunity to meet representatives from companies in the USA. For example, they engaged in a debate with Timothy McNicholas, Egon Zehnder Boston, about the future trends of HR in the US. Additionally, Moritz Kothe, CEO of kununu US, introduced new trends and technologies in recruiting, giving real insights and transparent answers to the many questions from the students. The students also had the opportunity to get acquainted with "new ways of working", during a visit to the collaborative workspace FabLab@CIC.

“I see the study trip to Boston as adding real value to the curriculum of the MBA Leadership & Human Resources”, reports Prof. Dr. Christian Gärtner, who accompanied the students on the trip. “Especially as the US perspective on HR has been providing fresh impetus for years. They set the ball rolling to break down some existing ideas.”